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Google eyeballs to track Tivo watchers

Google has inked a deal with digital video recorder (DVR) outfit Tivo that lets the search firm snoop on audience numbers as a way of fueling its TV advertising business.
Austin Modine, 25 Nov 2009
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Climate change hackers leave breadcrumb trail

The hackers who leaked more than 1,000 emails from one of the top climate research centers may have used an open proxy to cover their tracks, but that doesn't mean authorities can't figure out who they are.
Dan Goodin, 25 Nov 2009
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Billionaire floats eco dream on sailing soda bottles

By now, David de Rothschild is used to being cast as the eccentric visionary whose well-meaning crusade to save the world's oceans is overshadowed by a lack of execution - or at least naiveté.
Dan Goodin, 25 Nov 2009
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Apple tops Google as UK 'Thought Leader'

Apple has replaced Google as the top "Business Thought Leader" in the UK, according to a survey of 1,000 Blighty-based "Key Opinion Leaders."
Rik Myslewski, 25 Nov 2009
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Data Direct offers native file system

DataDirect, a shipper of very high-speed block-access storage to the high performance computing (HPC) and media worlds, is now offering native file access.
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2009
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iRiver Story

Review While the price and diversity of e-book readers is still some way off achieving the sort of critical mass that put an MP3 player in nearly pocket, the number of devices appearing on the market is increasing at a healthy rate.
Alun Taylor, 25 Nov 2009
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Unified networking: Reality or a marketing myth?

We all know that the IT Infrastructure has a life of its own. In the vast majority of organisations the infrastructure evolves over time rather than being designed as a whole. This applie s to all of the underlying components: the servers, the storage and -an area very easy to overlook - the network or networks that tie everything together.
Tony Lock, 25 Nov 2009

1,024 TV Re-Runs at 1.5GB/sec

As we’re slowly gathering our wits again after a week of supercomputing fun at SC09, a story from Chris Mellor caught our eye this morning. Chris was writing about Fusion I/O and its newest SSD (Solid State Drive) product, the Fusion ioDrive Octal. These units provide up to 5TB raw storage and can push up to 800,000 IOPS.
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Feral dromedaries besiege Oz Outback town

An Oz Outback community is battling to regain control of its town from a 6,000-strong feral camel invasion, which has seen the thirsty dromedaries cause "chaos" in their search for water.
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2009
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Microsoft loses top beancounter

Microsoft is saying goodbye to its chief beancounter, Chris Liddell, after four and a half years in the post.
John Oates, 25 Nov 2009
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Eat frozen food and avoid line-caught fish, says eco study

Enviro-profs studying the ecological impact of food production have come out with some counter-intuitive results. According to a new study, it is greener to eat frozen salmon than fresh, and catching fish en masse in nets does less damage to the planet than taking just a few using hooks and lines.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2009
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Tivo to return to UK in 2010

Virgin Media has announced impending plans to deliver Tivo to UK homes.
James Sherwood, 25 Nov 2009
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Xiotech definitely not using SSDs in near future

A Xiotech blog post says unequivocally that Xiotech will not be using solid state drives (SSDs) in its Emprise arrays in the near future.
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2009
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EMC stages $100m international reorganisation

EMC is reorganising its various international operations into a single holding company and repatriating $4bn to EMC USA at a cost of $100m in taxes.
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2009
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Advertisers say new cookie law met by browser settings

Advertising trade bodies have claimed that a new law passed this week by the European Parliament will not require website publishers to ask permission to put cookies on a user's computer. They argue that browser settings will imply consent.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Nov 2009
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iPhone comes to Tesco

Tesco is planning to offer the iPhone 3G and 3GS, hopefully before Christmas, proving that Apple's status symbol is now the phone of the people.
Bill Ray, 25 Nov 2009
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Fault tolerance in virtualised environments

You the Expert In this, our final Experts column in the current server series, our reader experts look at fault tolerance in Virtualised environments. As ever, we’re grateful to Reg reader experts Adam and Trevor for sharing their experience. They are joined by Intel’s Iain Beckingham and Freeform Dynamics’ Martin Atherton.
Team Register, 25 Nov 2009
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MSI preps slim laptop with AMD Neo X2 chippery

MSI has rolled out a new member of its X family of skinny notebooks. This one has a AMD Neo X2 dual-core processor, proving that Intel won't have the thin'n'light laptop market all to itself.
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2009
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Apple adds Tesco as iPhone partner

It already sells milk, bread, booze, car insurance and furniture. Now supermarket behemoth Tesco is to add the Apple iPhone to its growing inventory.
James Sherwood, 25 Nov 2009
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RIPA III: A legislative turkey comes home to roost

Comment The first conviction of a man under the draconian powers of RIPA Part III tragically bears out a prediction I made at the time: that these powers would do little or nothing to tackle serious crime or terror, but would create a power the police could use to harass people and undermine their right to remain silent.
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The rise of targeted attacks

Webcast Earlier this month Paul Wood of MessageLabs joined Freeform Dynamics’ Jon Collins in the Reg studio to discuss targeted attacks and their affect on the modern business.
Team Register, 25 Nov 2009
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HP rolls out business-friendly smartphone

We haven’t heard much about HP’s iPaq 'once PDA, now smartphone' range for a while, but now it’s back – as a “feature-rich...world phone”, whatever that means.
James Sherwood, 25 Nov 2009
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Beeb storm cockup: Wrong day's shipping forecast read

Proof, if it were needed, that voice in general and the BBC in particular are foolish ways to transmit important information was provided by Radio 4 earlier this month when an announcer read out the shipping forecast for the wrong day - during one of the stormiest weekends of the year.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2009
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Mozilla glares at Microsoft, chews on Direct2D graphics cud

Mozilla has proclaimed that the race is on to beat Microsoft to the post in its efforts to insert Direct2D support into the next version of its Internet Explorer browser.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2009
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Fring brings Skype video calls to mobile

Skype-gateway-to-mobile providers Fring have added support for a selection of S60 devices, bringing free video calling to Symbian handsets.
Bill Ray, 25 Nov 2009
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Apple wants life ban for clone maker

Apple is seeking a permanent injunction to stop Psystar ever again selling cloned Mac software or hardware.
John Oates, 25 Nov 2009
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Superconductor forcefield to shield re-entering spacecraft?

Space boffins have hatched a plan to test their radical new superconductor magnet forcefield re-entry heatshield technology by firing it into space from a Russian submarine.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2009
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UK.gov rejects calls to open up on ContactPoint security

The UK government has turned down an opposition request to explain why it has refused to publish a full security report into ContactPoint, the controversial child protection database.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2009
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Offline Gmail kisses up to attachments - at last

Google has sat up and listened to users griping about the lack of an attachments feature in its offline version of Gmail by finally adding the option.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2009
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OCZ promising USB 3 desktop SSD

The dreary wait for slow desktop and notebook booting could be halted in its tracks for those with USB 3 interfaces and and cash, as OCZ is developing a fast and large capacity USB 3 SSD.
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2009
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US senators tell EC: Butt out of Oracle-Sun

John Kerry, Orrin Hatch and 57 other senators have written to the European Commission accusing it of taking too long to approve Oracle's takeover of Sun in order to deliberately damage US business.
John Oates, 25 Nov 2009
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Responding to change in the server room

Mini Poll When talking about managing the server environment, we hear all kinds of words bandied around to suggest how organisations might benefit from enhanced levels of flexibility, adaptability, agility, you name it. But resource allocation, that is, how well existing or new server capacity meets new or changing requirements, is where the rubber hits the road,
Jon Collins, 25 Nov 2009
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Nokia E72 smartphone

Review The E72 is the latest in Nokia’s line of Qwerty handsets, beefing up the popular E71 with a slightly sleeker look, improved software and some interface tweaks. It’s very slim – only just over 1cm thick, 58.3mm wide, and 114 tall, weighing 128g. The 2.36in screen is only QVGA, though arguably on a unit this size, a higher resolution wouldn’t make much difference.
Nigel Whitfield, 25 Nov 2009

US Air Force orders 2200 Sony PS3s

The US Air Force plans to buy a whopping 2200 PlayStation 3 games consoles which it will use to expand an existing PS3-based supercomputer.
James Sherwood, 25 Nov 2009
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Cathay Pacific clobbered by kaput khazis

Airbus and Cathay Pacific engineers are "looking into" a series of blocked lav incidents on the airline's A330 and A340 aircraft - the worst of which saw one flight diverted with all its toilets out of commission.
Lester Haines, 25 Nov 2009
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Police Intelligence may be a thing of the past

The days of police unlawfully collecting and holding personal information on individuals exercising their legal right to protest may be drawing to a close.
Jane Fae , 25 Nov 2009

Freesat to get BBC iPlayer on 7 December

Freesat, the free-to-air satellite TV service, has said BBC iPlayer support will be introduced on 7 December.
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2009
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'Whales can't even hear naval sonar' says Navy boffin

A boffin funded by the US Navy has used a gigantic CT scanner, normally employed for inspecting space rockets, to X-ray the head of a whale. The results apparently indicate that naval sonars can't be the cause of whale beachings, as the mighty cetaceans are unable to hear the relevant frequencies.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2009
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Nigel Lawson: Climate science has turned into religion

Interview One thing is missing from the Global Warming Policy Foundation, launched at Westminster on Monday, chairman Lord Lawson admitted. Mrs Thatcher's Chancellor for six years acknowledged that there aren't many young people on board. The average age of the Trustees is 74. You could almost say it pits the Old Aged vs the New Agers.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Nov 2009
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iPhone anti-malware stuck in state of denial

The blaze of publicity that accompanied the release of the first iPhone worms this month has sparked interest in selling anti-malware products for the device. However no such security products currently exist and Apple shows little inclination in licensing any that do get developed.
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2009
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Man guilty of selling fake chips to US Navy

A 32-year-old California man has pleaded guilty to selling thousands of counterfeit computer processors to the US Navy.
John Oates, 25 Nov 2009
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Satyam investigation jacks up fraud bill by 40 per cent

The Satyam Computer Services scandal has flared back into life with allegations that the fraud perpetuated at the firm was 40 per cent bigger than previously thought.
Joe Fay, 25 Nov 2009
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'Black box for buses' datachip survives 900° conflag

Dastardly terrorists and/or incompetent drivers can no longer hope that the evidence of their catastrophic misdeeds, recorded by security cameras aboard public transport, will be erased in the hellish conflagrations following train wrecks and bus crashes.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2009
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9/11 pager messages released on Wikileaks

Over half a million intercepted pager messages sent on 11 September 2001 are being released by Wikileaks.
John Oates, 25 Nov 2009
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Strap-on jetwing birdman does an Icarus into Straits of Gibraltar

Renowned backpack birdman Yves Rossy has suffered yet another mishap during an attempt to fly across the Straits of Gibraltar. Windy conditions were blamed by organisers after the Swiss daredevil plunged into the sea minutes after leaping from a small aircraft above Morocco, having intended to land in Spain.
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2009
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New York to beam disaster alerts to Xbox gamers

Evading terrorists and nuclear attacks on your Xbox 360 looks set to become a real-world challenge as well as a virtual one. New York State (NYS) has begun trialling use of the console as an emergency broadcast system for disasters.
James Sherwood, 25 Nov 2009
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Evaluating enterprise application software

A seasoned ERP salesman coaching a junior colleague once said: “The trick, my boy, is to avoid the IT department like the plague for as long as possible, as they’ll just make your life complicated by asking lots of irrelevant geeky questions. Win the hearts and minds of the business people first by convincing them the software will meet their needs, then IT will have no choice but to follow."
Dale Vile, 25 Nov 2009
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Wikipedia bans Volvo's IT over racist rants

Wikipedia has banned editing from machines inside Volvo Information Technology - the outfit that operates the Swedish auto maker's IT infrastructure - after someone in the organization vandalized the free encyclopedia with a pair of profanity-laden racist rants.
Cade Metz, 25 Nov 2009
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Reg readers reveal their holiday toilet texting plans

As our US readers get ready to head home for the holidays and our UK readers face up to the fact that Christmas/Yule/2010 is just around the corner, it's time to deliver the final word on the issue of toilet texting.
Joe Fay, 25 Nov 2009
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Mozilla hatches Thunderbird 3 release candidate

Thunderbird 3 is nearly ready to leave the nest.
Austin Modine, 25 Nov 2009
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Apple sues over knock-off power bricks

Apple has sued a California company for alleging infringing a laptop AC-adapter patent granted to Cupertino in 2003.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Nov 2009
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Why can't Google be more like Microsoft?

Jeff Haynie has a wish. He wishes that when building an operating system, Google was as open as Microsoft. Or at least as open as Apple.
Cade Metz, 25 Nov 2009
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ICANN condemns registry DNS redirection

The group that oversees the internet's address system is taking a hard stance against domain name registries that redirect internet users to third-party sites when a non-existent URL is typed.
Dan Goodin, 25 Nov 2009
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Atlantis glides home with choked pee nozzle

Space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station today for its three-day return voyage to terra firma.
Austin Modine, 25 Nov 2009